Heritage Park PEI
26 August 2011
The Aviation Heritage Society of PEI is currently engaged in the process of restoring three historical aircraft; CP-107 Argus, CP-121 Tracker and CF-101 and surrounding the aircraft with a landscaped park planned for 2011, with stone paths where visitors may inspect the aircraft as well as learn about the history of the base, the aircraft that flew there and the people who flew, maintained and supported them through interpretive displays that will be located throughout the park. The static aircraft and park will be located at the entrance to the former Canadian Forces Base Summerside, P.E.I. and will form the entrance to the Slemon Park Aerospace Facility. “Phase One” of this project has been completed and “Phase Two” will be completed early next summer.
In order to remember the many civilian and military individuals that have served in Summerside throughout the years a “Walk of Honour”, a brick walking path inside the park will be edged with special numbered stones engraved with members information that will commemorate any person who has served, or is now serving, in the Canadian Forces Air Element, WWII Veterans or serving members of the Canadian Military who have served the country in any area of conflict, any person military or civilian who has worked at the base including summer students, Air Cadets, anyone with a close association with the base or any person, DND employee or resident, as approved by the Aviation Heritage Society. A commemorative stone may be obtained through a donation of $100 with a tax receipt available upon request.
An official Heritage Park opening and initial dedication ceremonies for all available commemorative stones will be held at the Air Force Heritage Park on Friday 26 August. Senior Military and Government dignitaries are being invited to this event with a reception to follow the official ceremonies. This event is planned to coincide with the Atlantic Air show that will be held at Slemon Park on 27th and 28th of August.
For all those that have served our country or worked at the Summerside Base or family members of someone who served and would like to order a commemorative stone in memory of an individual, additional information such as the request form can be found on the Heritage Park Website at www.airforceparkpei.ca or contact Vernon at (902) 436 9512 or Barry at (902) 436-7336.
All requests that are received in time to have the stones engraved and placed on the “Walk of Honour’ prior to 26th August will be commemorated at the official opening.
Pictured above on the right is Al Poirier, President of the PEI Aviation Heritage Society, along with Ron Hatton on the left, Aviation Park Public Relations, displaying a Memorial Stone to Errol Laughlin, centre, a WWII Veteran, and 60 year member of the Air Force Association of Canada and one of the founding members of the Aircraft Heritage Society of PEI. Errol is an Air Force Association life member and one of the four remaining founding members of 200 (Summerside) Wing. All three individuals in the photograph have served as President of the Summerside Wing.